IVI International Optometry - Eye Health in a Changing World’ Conference,
organised virtually by India Vision Institute (IVI), 9-11 September, concluded today
with a call for concerted action to tackle the world’s eye health problems,
especially Uncorrected Refractive Error and myopia.
The two-day conference, with a pre-conference
workshop session on September 9, brought global and national experts to focus
on eye health and vision impairment.
IVI’s CEO, Vinod Daniel, said “myopia is becoming a
growing public health problem. Research has predicted that the rise in myopia
worldwide will continue in the coming decades. In India, experts see the
problem mounting among rural and urban school-going children. These call for
“This conference follows last year’s Eye Health in
a Changing World Conference held in October 2020. The
international conference is becoming a major event in the annual eye health
calendar across the world.”
The theme and focus areas were on
‘Myopia management’, ‘Artificial intelligence in eye care’, ‘Legislative
frameworks’ ‘Human resource challenges’, and ‘Partnerships’.
“Some 1,300 participants
from India and 36 other countries registered to listen to talks and discussions
on issues and challenges.”
included keynote speaker sessions, oral and poster presentations, and parallel
sessions in 40 hours of live interactive sessions,” he noted.
The conference began
with an opening session comprising leading speakers, including Dr GN Rao, RN
Mohanty, President, Vision 2020 and CEO, Sightsavers India, Peter Holland, CEO,
International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), Peter Hendicott, President-Elect,
World Council of Optometry (WCO), and Vinod Daniel.
supporters of the conference were EssilorLuxottica. Luxottica India’s Country
Manager and Managing Director, Akash Goyle, and Essilor South Asia Country
Manager, Raghavan NS, provided messages of support and success to the
proceedings. Bausch and Lomb were the Gold sponsor. Titan Eyeplus supported
with gift vouchers for prize-winners in the conference contests.
speakers at the conference included: Prof Matthew Burton, Director,
International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical
Medicine; Dr Anthony Vipin Das, Consultant Ophthalmologist, LV Prasad Eye
Institute, Hyderabad; Amanda Davis, Director for Strategic Initiatives, The
Fred Hollows Foundation; Prof Kovin Naidoo, Senior Vice President Social
Impact: Africa & Latam and Advocacy, Essilor International; Prof Ian
Bailey, Professor Emeritus of Vision Science and Optometry, Berkeley School of
Optometry; Dr Kate Gifford, Co-Founder and Lead Educator, Myopia Profile Pty
Ltd; Bayani F Abesamis, Barrister and Solicitor, Abesamis Law Office; Mitasha
Yu, Co-chair, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness; OB Malope,
Brand Growth Specialist; and Dr Babar Qureshi, Director - Inclusive Eye Health
and Neglected Tropical Diseases, CBM.
Other sessions included ‘School
Children Eye Health Program – Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic – the way
froward’. ‘NGOs make a difference’, and ‘Partnering for eye health’.